Sunday, November 17, 2019


A ‘Textbook’ Case of Hatred

It’s about time.

How many Palestinian school children have been poisoned into hatred of Jews and Israel because of the toxic mixture of misinformation they have read and have been spoon fed through textbooks.

Last week a European Parliament committee voted

Ari Fuld Loved Israel to His Last Breath

Ari Fuld, may Hashem avenge his blood.

Many of us approached Yom Kippur with the sorrow of this 45-year-old father of four, Efrat resident, and gibor (hero) of Israel on our minds.

Fuld chased his killer, with a cut artery, and shot him before his own life ran out. In

A Time to Rediscover the Family

We find ourselves at a time of grateful abundance. We emerge from our Rosh Hashanah tefillot observing the birthday of the world only to look ahead with nervous anticipation as our heartfelt prayers will seal our lives of goodness, joy and health in Hashem’s book.

When we then look at our body of

Rosh Hashanah Reading

We have just finished a fairly wet and rainy Rosh Hashanah—in truth, I can’t even remember a Rosh Hashanah during the past 10-20 years when it rained like this and Tashlich was rained out. With it raining on both days of Yom Tov, I had time to read perhaps even a bit more than I normally would over a regular Yom Tov. My family

Let’s Keep Telling the Story in 5779

In his book “Ceremony & Celebration: Introduction to the Holidays,” Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks writes that “those who fully enter the spirit of Rosh Hashanah emerge into the new year charged, energized, focused, renewed, knowing that to be a Jew is to live life in the presence of God, to sanctify life for the sake of God, and to

We Must Insist on Equitable State Security Funding for Schools

At an unfortunate time in our nation’s history, when school shootings have become an all-too-regular occurrence, it seems our state legislature is more concerned with the security needs of public school students than the children who attend private schools.

And by and large, that means our

Prayers for a Great Year for Our Children

That was quick.

Seems like we were just writing about high school graduations, camp packing details, family vacations, water safety and even sunscreen.

All of a sudden, uniform lists, backpacks, new technology, carpool arrangements, learning in Israel and everything

What a Bar Mitzvah!

I started writing this column on Sunday while on a high on my way back from a very special 55-hour weekend spent in Israel. I was there to attend the bar mitzvah of the only son of one of my oldest and closest friends from my high school days. I also had the added bonus of spending a Shabbat with my eldest daughter just as she was

Remembering the Night McCain Honored Lieberman

Sometimes in newspapering, a reporter will be at the right place at the right time without any real planning.

That happened to me in the winter of 2012 when I was invited to then-Israel Ambassador Michael Oren’s residence in Washington, D.C., to cover a farewell dinner honoring retiring

No, Mr. President, the Only ‘Turn’ the Palestinians Seek Is the Right of ‘Re-Turn’

No, President Trump, the security and future of the State of Israel cannot fit as an addendum to any “art of the deal.”

As encouraged as we were by the president’s campaign promise fulfillment to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, we were concerned when the president said

Hearing Returns to My Ears, and It’s a Good Thing

So I passed the sign in Costco listing the price of their hearing aids like a hundred times.

Hearing aids.

These very words trigger an old guy in a creaky wheelchair holding up an old-fashioned horn to his ear asking, “Eh?”

When It Comes to Israel, Sometimes the ‘Good Guys’ Aren’t So Great

We’re certainly grateful there was no violence at last weekend’s so-called Unite the Right rally in Washington, D.C.’s landmark Lafayette Square. Indeed, according to media reports there were maybe two dozen supporters of the cause aligning itself with white nationalist extremist groups.

And in